Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

James Kreines


One of the greatest philosophers of the self is Friedrich Nietzsche. Though he has been widely influential, Nietzsche’s unique writing style and particular legacy pose a challenge about how to interpret his ideas. In this thesis I present novel ways of understanding two of Nietzsche’s most well-known and seemingly opposed concepts, those of the overman and eternal recurrence of the same. In order to do so I ground each idea in new metaphysical arguments that are found elsewhere in Nietzsche’s work. I believe these interpretations allow us to reconcile the contradictions between these two tenets of Nietzsche’s thought, and in doing so offer new ways to think about human existence.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.